JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New data shows wounded warriors face a greater need for help from veterans service organizations, the government, and their communities than ever before. While there is improvement in some areas, according to an annual survey by Wounded Warrior Project ® (WWP), warriors still face significant challenges in physical and mental health, access to quality care, and employment.
More than 31,000 warriors registered with WWP completed the 2016 WWP Annual Warrior Survey, making this one of the largest annual collections of data about this generation of wounded veterans. "This survey helps us determine the needs of post-9/11 wounded warriors," said Mike Linnington, WWP chief executive officer. "It also helps inform where we can work with other veterans service organizations and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help provide services to warriors in the communities where they live." Among the key discoveries, just more than three out of four (76.7 percent) wounded veterans registered with WWP who responded to the survey reported they live with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More than half (53.3 percent) visited a professional to seek help with stress, emotions, alcohol, drugs, or family problems. More than one-third (34.8 percent) had difficulty getting access to mental health care, put off getting care, or felt they did not get the care they needed for a variety of reasons. "There is a constant need for me to prove my injuries exist, and they are a huge problem that I often have to deal with myself," one female warrior commented at the end of the survey.